General Practitioner - South Westland Region

As the GP at the South Westland Medical Practice, you will be based in the beautiful glacier township of Franz Josef. You will help cover primary care to the communities right across a 250 km stretch of land that is simply breath-taking. Each of the settlements has a medical clinic run by a Rural Nurse Specialist and you and another GP will share roster responsibility for providing each clinic with GP services in each location. 

You will be supported by a team of Nurses who carry out the bulk of day-to-day primary care and are the first in-line for emergency on-call and you will provide back-up if required. As the nearest hospital is two hours away from Franz Josef, some experience in Emergency Medicine skills are preferred, but additional PRIME training will be provided as required. 

We’ll be looking to you to bring the confidence to work independently with remote support, experience in general practice/family medicine and the ability to work within it's limitations, and also thorough assessment, examination and diagnostic skills. Then when your working day is done, you can take your pick - get out onto the water, go hiking, fishing, caving, kayaking, walking, or simply sit and take in the breathtaking, quiet scenery. 

Unlike larger countries such as Australia and Canada, being a country doctor in New Zealand doesn’t mean being totally isolated. Greymouth and Christchurch aren't too far away, and for snow sports, Queenstown and Wanaka are easily accessible. 

A generous relocation package will be offered to help you settle in to the new role and location. Longer term subsidised accommodation and a work vehicle will be provided, together with support in gaining medical registration. 

Only candidates who are eligible for registration to practice in New Zealand can be considered, so please check you eligibility with the MCNZ by following this link here.

This is our back yard, make it yours!

To find out more, please contact Simon Liddy, West Coast DHB Recruitment Lead at

Please apply online to be considered for this position



Permanent/Full Time, Permanent/Part Time, Locum

Job no: WC7231284

Location: South Westland

Closing Date: Apply now!